An Introduction to Extraordinary Leadership

The Psychology and Principles of Extraordinary Leadership

You may want to know that our work has its roots firmly in the person-centred (Rogerian), Existential/Spiritual (depending on your own ontological perspective), Cognitive Developmental and Gestalt traditions.  As a result, all that we do is aligned with Seligman’s concepts of Positive Psychology and the Flow of Csikszentmihalyi and Gallwey and ‘Emergence”.  If these are our roots, how do we use them to develop Extraordinary Leadership?

  • The primary tools and techniques are those of Behavioural and Cognitive Behavioural Psychology, Person-Centred (Rogerian) coaching psychology, Gestalt and Psycho-dynamic theories.
  • The practical application of Berne's Transactional Analysis model, Goleman's Emotional Intelligence and the vast range of pragmatic Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) models and tools - from structured questioning, to "modalities", to "Time-line", altered-state learning and deep-relaxation/somatic techniques - are also used.  (NLP synthesizes aspects of other models and theories, from Whitmore's GROW to hypnosis.)
  • Existential / Holistic / Spiritual psychology and coaching tools, which focus on aligning an individual's behaviours with their sense of meaning and purpose, are central to our work.  The Positive Psychology and Strength’s based development of Martin Seligman and the performance-orientated tools of Timothy Gallwey are also used where appropriate to develop the ability to "Flow" (or "be in the zone" in sporting terms).
  • Our workshops, group and organisational work are experiential and developmental (rather than teaching and training) and embody the principles of adult learning to maximise sustainability and continued self-development.
  • Finally, the concept of emergence, which has grown out of complex-adaptive, systems and chaos theories and psychological paradox studies, compliments the Rogerian approach, tempered by the objective-focused, result-driven framework of Leadership Performance.  It is here that the role of the leader in developing a culture of engagement, empowerment and leadership at all levels lies - a culture increasingly necessary to cope with the current speed and complexity of change.
  • In practice, it is hard to distinguish where the application of the tools and techniques derived from one theory transition to those of another.  Indeed, clear boundaries between the theories themselves seem to continue to blur as their application in so many spheres becomes more common.  
  • All these techniques and approaches are apparent in the application of our 3-Dimensional Leadership model and The ACT of Leadership (Awareness, Connection and Transformation).


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